A prime accused, Gurmeet Singh, in the case of beating up of a Dalit youth, Amritpal Singh, in Pakhoke village was arrested on Thursday, while eight other accused are still at large.
The 20-year-old victim was allegedly thrashed by members of upper caste, who exchanged heated arguments with him on Diwali night over fireworks. They allegedly thrashed him the next day.
Gurmeet Singh, his sons − Raja and Shera, along with six unidentified persons, were booked under charges of attempt to murder on Tuesday. As per the complaint, the accused also fired gunshots at him.
While speaking to station house officer (SHO) of city police station inspector Yadwinder Singh said search for rest of the accused is on.
Referring to complaint lodged by the victim, he ruled out the victim being paraded naked in the village. He also made it clear that the victim did not sustain any injury due to the firing.
PDP extends support to victim
Punjab Democratic Party (PDP) met the victim at civil hospital and assured their full support on Thursday. The attack was alleging politically motivated, as the PDP chief Gurkirpal Singh said it is surprising that no one from the SAD-BJP government, including Tarn Taran SAD MLA Harmeet Singh Sandhu, came to visit the Dalit victim. He lashed out at PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh for not enquiring about the health condition of the victim.